Today, it’s our final feature of the month, and it comes in the form of a “doom-folk” four piece from Jacksonville, FL, called Fjord Explorer. The track today is “Rain”, and they’ve got a record due out very soon. More below. (And don’t forget to come back tomorrow to grab the July mixtape.)
First off, the term “doom-folk” is one of the more apt, inventive self-descriptors I’ve heard in a long time. I got a chance to preview the new record, and compared to last year’s self-titled EP, the sound has definitely progressed. Where the EP fit almost strictly into the “folk” or “folk-pop” monikers, it was nowhere near the “doom-folk” that Fjord Explorer is playing these days. It has been a welcome evolution, resulting in much more inventive tunes. The production is less straightforward, more ornate, often featuring layers of noise to create a more expansive atmosphere. All in all, it’s a fitting change from the Fjord Explorer of old. Now, the feel of the production matches the feel of the lyrical content — heavy, brooding, and full.
The album is called I Know I’m Awake, and it’ll be dropping in the next few weeks. I think we’ll have an album review up sometime that week, so look for that. Meanwhile, keep up with Fjord Explorer on Facebook for more updates, follow them on Twitter @FjExplorer, and of course, check them out on Instagram @FjordExplorer.
"Rain" is the first single off of I Know I’m Awake. It’s a pretty intimate tune, and a slow-burner at that. The first chorus has some soaring, double-tracked, falsetto vocals, but after that chorus finishes up is when the tune really gets going. At that point, we start getting those elements of noise and distortion slowly washing up in the background. The backing vocal elements in the second verse are very well done, and then as the second chorus hits, that’s when the distortion really gets heavy. What’s interesting about this tune is that it’s so minor and so awash in chaos, yet the lyrical content is so positive and even uplifting at times, giving you glimpses into the most tranquil moments. That juxtaposition is what really sticks out to me most in this track.
You can find “Rain” as well as the rest of this month’s featured tracks on the free download of the GB! July 2014 Mixtape, the latest in our monthly mixtape series. Come back and get it on July 31!